The world's largest social playground is also becoming a popular hangout to watch videos. According to Fidji Simo, Facebook's Project Management Director of Video, the social network has been averaging over 1 billion video views on a daily basis since June. The majority of those video views are coming across mobile devices -- more than 65 percent, and that number could get higher since video on Facebook was built to be mobile first.
Company is also working on embeddable “mega sensor” for future VR headsets
Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Oculus Rift virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD), recently told GamesIndustry International that VR may not become mainstream for quite some time to come. One of the things currently holding VR back, per Luckey, is the use of traditional controllers, which he feels are far from ideal for VR. However, as we wait for the ideal VR input to materialize, the list of controller alternatives for VR aficionados to experiment with keeps on growing. The latest addition to it is the Leap Motion Controller.
Facebook acquisition doesn’t seem to have slowed the app down
Back in February Facebook spent $19 billion to acquire messaging service WhatsApp. Since then, its user base has continued to increase at an impressive rate. WhatsApp Inc founder and ceo Jan Koum announced on his Twitter account that WhatsApp has reached 600 million monthly active users.
The concept of a bug bounty program is nothing new, and even Facebook will line your pockets with cash if you discover a qualifying security vulnerability in the social network or select acquisitions it's made. Until now, however Oculus Rift was exempt. Facebook has now extended its bug bounty program to Oculus Rift, which joins other Facebook acquisitions such as Instagram, Parse, Onavo, and Moves.
"We had a good second quarter." - Mark Zuckerberg with the understatement of the year
It took a bit of time for Facebook to gain some traction in the stock market after filing for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) a little over two years ago, but it certainly appears the world's most popular social network has found its stride. Leaving little doubt of that, Facebook sprinted past analysts' expectations by reporting $2.9 billion in revenue for its fiscal second quarter ended June 20, 2014.
Ever wondered how social networks can impact your emotions? So did a Facebook data scientist and two other researchers who conducted a study that was recently published by The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Facebook's controversial study has drawn outrage from many of the site's members because it played with people's emotions without their knowledge or consent.
Oculus Rift will virtualize the ticket blaster experience
If you've ever been to a Chuck E. Cheese birthday party before, then you're familiar with the Ticket Blaster -- a phone booth sized contraption filled with single tickets, plus a special 1,000 ticket piece of paper. The kid celebrating his or her birthday gets to slip inside and try to grab as many tickets as possible as a vortex of wind swirls them around. Kids love it, but at select locations, Chuck E. Cheese will create a virtual Ticket Blaster experience using the Oculus Rift.
Facebook recently announced the addition of a new feature called Nearby Friends to its Android and iOS apps. No prizes for guessing that the new feature, which is thankfully optional, lets Facebook users discover friends who are nearby.
“Facebook gives us the resources we need to develop a lot of custom hardware.”
Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang caught up with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey to talk about the Oculus Rift at this year’s PAX East. A very tired Luckey talked about the potential for virtual reality technology to replace TVs and monitors and even the acquisition by Facebook.
If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, Facebook must be all shades of red from blushing. Twitter on Tuesday announced a whole new user profile, and the comparisons to Facebook's profile are inevitable. Comparison to its rival aside, the much needed revamp allows Twitter users to build a much more attractive profile by uploading a larger profile photo and and a customized header image.